From: Bill Vallante, email@example.com
Date: November 12, 2009
Agreed. Don’t believe what you see or hear. Study the subject and come up with your best guess. My own personal experience usually shows that the truth is somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.
My brother has been in the political consulting business as a media specialist for over 20 years. Before that, he worked in various capacities for the GOP. As a guest speaker in journalism classes, wide eyed students often breathlessly ask him, "Mr. Vallante, where do you get your news from?" He answers sarcastically, "From South Park." (for those unfamiliar with it, South Park is an edgy adult cartoon series)
He’s half serious and half kidding. The serious part of his answer is that there are no real news sources that are truly "fair and balanced." Fox is not, MSNBC is not, no one is. Everybody has an agenda. "South Park" is as good a source as any.
One more thing – O’Reilly should know better. He’s at least as old as I am. When I was in school, no one disparaged the South. The thinking was, that the issue of secession was settled in a cauldron of blood known as "The Civil War", and from that cauldron, (for better or worse), came the America that we all know and which many like O’Reilly, purport to love. To such people, (and there are many of them), both sides should be deserving of respect. At least that’s the way it used to be. O’Reilly, I am sure, if you kicked him in his fat head, would remember that. He probably does – he just doesn’t care.